- Paperback: 354 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (16 Mar. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1544001002
- ISBN-13: 978-1544001005
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,525,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Exposure: Volume 2 (Crazy Amy) Paperback – 16 Mar 2017
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After a successful career advising entrepreneurial businesses, Rose jumped off the corporate hamster wheel and began writing thrillers inspired by her experiences. Her books have a strong ethical theme, and shine a light on the moral challenges presented by capitalism. Typically her protagonists are as flawed as the villains, if not more so…
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I'd describe this novel as half way between a financial and a psychological thriller. Occasionally the financial terminology went over my head, but it's written in such a way that I got the gist. One thing I did like very much was the way the novel was structured; there are lots of point of view and situation changes at just the right time, it's extremely well-edited, with plenty of dangling, suspenseful threads at the ends of chapters to make you think, "I wonder what's going to happen there....?" The whole novel is dialogue-led; there is little narrative, and the pace never lets up. Murder, deception, financial fraud, international skullduggery, toxic relationships ~ it has all the ingredients of a popular page-turner.
Rose Edmunds' Amy shows clever characterisation; she is bound to cause definite reactions amongst those who read her. The daughter of a hoarder, she grew up with all sorts of psychological problems that led her to being exceptionally ambitious and obsessed with the material, and the outward show of success. In the last book, circumstances came together to make all this come crashing down, and Exposure deals with the new, more self-aware Amy who is still trying to deal with the remnants of the old. She's not particularly likeable; she knows it's nasty and superficial of her to judge a female colleage on being (horrors!) 20 lbs overweight and wearing the 'wrong' clothes, but she can't help it. She's unsympathetic to the woman whose husband was in love with her - she tries to overcome the self-destructive within her, but always struggles. Her complex character makes for some interesting relationship dynamics, indeed, and we learn more about her backstory in this book, too.
My favourite character was financial blogger Toby Marchpole ~ I was most interested in his wife, an old schoolfriend of Amy's, and their marriage. I also enjoyed Amy's observations about the dreadful Pedley, her boss for part of the book (when she goes undercover.... I'll leave you to find out about that!).
It's a well thought out plot, and I'm sure readers of smart, fast-paced contemporary thrillers will enjoy it very much ~ there's certainly no opportunity to get bored!
Returning to her life is old-flame Toby Marchpole, an investigative financial journalist. While prying into possible fraud at IPT plc, a distributer and retailer of plumbing components, he is shocked to see the firm’s finance director, Venner collapse in front of him, spluttering, “Tell Amy….” He soon discovers that Venner was a former colleague of Amy Robinson and realises that it’s time to renew their friendship.
I know nothing of city finance, but then I also know nothing about spies or murder, so what is important is that the thrilling events keep me reading and the complexities of the fraudulent actions are clearly explained. This is a story which is a worthwhile read for two reasons; Amy’s adventures keep you on a knife edge and at the same time you warm to her flawed personality, longing for her to find happiness.
Adopting a new identity, Amy is unsure whether to trust Toby and she is sometimes unwise in those she does choose as trustworthy. Once again, she encounters DCI Carmody, with whom she had hoped for a relationship, but he is chilly and judgmental, knowing her failings and trying to deny his own feelings.
This book stands alone as an enjoyable, exciting page-turner but I would also recommend Concealment either before or after reading Exposure, and you never know, Amy may return for another adventure after the exciting final twist in this story.
The first point to note is that, although a number of characters from Concealment do reappear in Exposure, there is no need to have read the first book before this one (although you'll probably want to get it once you've finished, simply because they're both great) - the back story is explained clearly and succinctly, without imposing on the narrative.
There's intrigue and suspense galore, and you'll find yourself guessing and second-guessing the characters and the plot constantly. Who is what they appear to be, and who's playing a part in a bigger game? As Amy inches her way towards the truth, haunted by the tatters of her career, the crisis that led to her downfall, and the ever-present voice of little Amy in her head, figuring out who she can trust becomes a matter of life and death, both for Amy and her allies.
As a character, Amy herself is part of the mystery, but in this book even more than in Concealment she begins to learn more about herself and actively try to become the person she wants to be. The writing is lean and economical without sacrificing nuance, all of which adds to the tension. And the plot's so full of twists you could stick a hedge in it and call it the Hampton Court Maze.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable book and an easy five stars that just make me all the keener to follow Amy's future adventures.
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